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Murder, They Wrote

This month, trade your beach reads for something more challenging—and satisfying—in the way of mystery novels

A Different Sort of Café Society

A Parisian waiter details the less glamorous side of French dining

Hell’s Angel

Facing the Music

Ego Trip

Within weeks of becoming the American ambassador to the U.K., Joseph P. Kennedy proved that his confidence far surpassed his talent

Balancing the Books

Millennial authors and TikTokers are reviving forgotten literary gems written by women

The Draper Touch

The 20th-century decorator Dorothy Draper transformed the interiors of Manhattan’s Carlyle hotel, West Virginia’s Greenbrier, and more with her signature Hollywood Regency style

The Lowell Bequest

Heat Wave

Michael Mann’s new book, which serves as both a prequel and a sequel to his classic 1995 film, brings back the heat

The “It” Factor

A new book revisits the life of Elinor Glyn, one of Hollywood’s early influencers

To the Right

Bad Moon Rising

Touch of Evil

Putin Confidential

Eight questions with Philip Short, the author of a new Putin biography, on the Russian president’s early years—and what Bill Browder got wrong

A History of Cool

Slick Rick, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J … Janette Beckman photographed them all, chronicling New York’s creative set from the 80s to today

French Exit

Five titans of the Parisian literati have left one of the city’s most distinguished publishing houses, amid accusations that Sarkozy is now pulling the strings

Staff Picks

This week, don’t miss the tale of one hospital’s pandemic triumphs and screwups; a searing account of Kabul’s fall; and a history of the Getty dynasty

Arsenic and Old Lace

Making Banksy

A new book compiles graffiti by the elusive street artist, from the 1990s to today

The Old Man and the Son

Unforgotten

Since 2006, the site Neglected Books has championed wrongly overlooked novels. Now it’s republishing them

The Pig League

After the Flood

Decades before climate change became irrefutable, the English novelist J. G. Ballard envisioned a much warmer world with vastly higher sea levels

Growing Pains